J.K. Riki

Marie Kondo and Getting Rid of Books

The name Marie Kondo has popped up in online chatter recently, and I discovered it is partly because she has a show on Netflix now. I do not want to go into a long detailed account of her and her method, so you can read about it here if you’d like to know more. To summarize, she is an advocate for getting rid of clutter and surrounding yourself only with…
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Looking at Goals in 2018 and 2019

As has been a long standing tradition, it is the dawn of a new year and time to review some goals! I do not make traditional New Years Resolutions but instead try to consider things I’d like to accomplish every time January rolls around again. Last year the list was quite extensive. It included categories like More personal growth Healthy-ness Art Writing Weekend Panda Supporting others Overall I did alright…
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New Work – Theological Writing

Today begins a new endeavor for me. Weekend Panda is still my focus as we attempt to make the business work, and I am also doing some fun animation freelance stuff at the moment (which definitely helps pay bills!), but in the midst of that I have started some theological writing. My plan is to complete a short book on one of a few possible subjects and edit it for…
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NaNoWriMo 2018

We have reached the final week of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo for short) and I once again have been participating. As I type these words I can’t help but think “Dang, these don’t count towards the 50,000 word goal…” As such I will keep it brief, so I can get back to words that do count! 2018’s NaNo has been an interesting one for me. As usual I went…
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Misunderstanding Things We Don’t Like

Something I have continually run into lately is the idea of people not understanding concepts they dislike. What I mean by that is they are presented with an idea, but because they dislike it they do not allow themselves to explore it, and as a result they can’t understand it. Not because they couldn’t if they explored it more fully, but because they have put up a wall and refused…
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Reasons vs. Excuses

I wrote a note on Twitter this past week that I wanted to elaborate on. It has to do with taking personal responsibility, something that isn’t extraordinarily popular in the Western world right now. If you want to skip this post because it may be uncomfortable, I understand. If you want to push past your comfort zone and do better, let’s get to it. The tweet read: There are reasons…
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The Morning After The Despair

It has been a long time since I wrote a blog post. Rather than dwell on that, let me jump right to what I want to share today. Yesterday I decided to be a responsible adult and begin monitoring the statistical data of our first three Weekend Panda apps. I’ve checked in now and then as we’ve produced games during this past year, but for the best results in business…
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3 GameDev Lessons from Panda and Penguin’s Puzzle Adventure

Our next game Panda and Penguin’s Puzzle Adventure is set for a July 2018 release. Today I want to talk about a few big lessons I learned from the project that I will try to keep in mind going forward with future game development. Lessons like these help a ton as we are gaining more and more experience with each new game. #1. Don’t do “Reward Art” At the end…
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New Game Coming!

Our next game is officially announced! It’s called Panda and Penguin’s Puzzle Adventure, and you can read all the details at WeekendPanda.com. I’ll also talk a little about it for today’s blog post. In PnP’s Puzzle Adventure, formally codenamed “Pandas and Penguins,” you draw lines and platforms so that gravity brings the two friends back together again in each level. Some levels, like the one in the example gif above,…
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The Hard Parts of GameDev: Failed Design

Today I am going to share a lament, for I am feeling disappointed. (There is a lesson to learn here, though, and so a silver lining glistens on the cloud hovering over me.) As I mentioned in a previous post, our second Weekend Panda game is a big departure from our first (The Death of Mr. Fishy). It has a completely different audience in mind. Unfortunately yesterday I presented an…
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